World Jiu Jitsu Case Study 2012: Section 3.2: Submissions

Section 3.2

This will be our final article prior to releasing the full study in its entirety to everyone who has signed up to receive a free pdf copy. Just a friendly FYI, signing up is the only way to get a copy because I will not post the full study to the site. It is an e-mail only deal.

We left off with an outline of the techniques that were used to pass and sweep opponents at the 2012 World Championships. We also learned that the vast majority of points scored throughout the tournament occurred by pass or sweep, but what about the other points, and what about submissions? In this section we will break down the rest of that material.

We know how people scored sweeps and passes now, but what about taking the back? The back was such a dominant position this year (as you will see when we break down submissions) we thought it was important to look at how competitors were scoring the position. It was interesting to learn that over 40% of back takes occurred while one competitor was passing the others guard, next most common back-take position was side control with a little over 27% of all back-takes. The chart below breaks down all positions in further detail, but we found it particularly interesting that the most common back-take position was actually a transition point rather than a position itself. It leads us to believe that tracking transitions in the future may lead to more interesting results (if that is possible).

But what is the benefit of taking the back you may ask? Not only is it a valuable 4 points, but the back provided to be the most common position in which a submission occurred from with 40% of submissions occurring from this position. The back carried the vast majority of submissions with the only other position carrying a large portion of the pie being side-control and mount with 11% each. Since the back was the most common submission position, it should come as no surprise that a choke from the back was the most common submission—accounting for 35% of all submissions observed. Again chokes from the back were the runaway favorite submission with armbars, footlocks, and cross-collar chokes from a top position following with 12% each. The chart below breaks down both categories.

The chart below breaks down which weight classes had the most submissions.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the articles. The full study will include all the information, and weight class break-downs, so I highly recommend signing up to get a copy if you haven’t already.

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Tyler and Jena Bishop

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